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Survey Finds New Yorkers Are Dissatisfied Boosters

December 21, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ Most New Yorkers have low opinions of their schools, subways, public safety and race relations - but they would overwhelmingly recommend the city as a place to live, according to a survey released Tuesday.

The survey by the City University of New York found 64 percent of those interviewed were dissatisfied with street safety, 60 percent with the subways, 55 percent with the public schools and just over 50 percent with race relations.

But 77 percent would recommend the city to a friend and more than 80 percent would recommend their neighborhoods.

In unveiling some preliminary findings, the university’s graduate school said the survey was the first of what will be an annual poll about the makeup of the city that can be used for guidance by government and private policy makers.

It would help bridge the 10-year gap between federal censuses and go beyond the census by including such data as religion and attitudes about social and political issues, the university said.

Survey takers conducted telephone interviews in English or Spanish with 1,470 adult residents of the city during the summer and fall. They reported a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Some other findings of the survey:

-Sixty percent of the respondents grew up in homes where languages other than English were spoken.

-Seventy percent want the city to spend more on bilingual education and a like percentage go along with legal abortion.

-Three out of 10 know someone who has AIDS or AIDS-related complex.

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